Re: Post Whleping Questions
I am sorry, but a dog's normal temperature is 102. My temperature is normally 97, I do not run to the doctor when it reaches 98, or even 98.6, but I feel really crappy by then.
One degree higher than normal is an indicator that all is not well, but this can be fatigue along with the added heat of lying in a warmish box with a bunch of puppies. I do not panic at 103. But I do not like it either.
This is when I put a fan on over the box, so that the draft goes over the box but not in the box. I start the inventory, eating/drinking, ok; no signs of dehydration, is she cleaning and toileting the puppies; puppies are gaining weight -- if dam is in trouble, it will generally happen that you will see it as a problem with the puppies first. She is panting to cool herself down, put a fan on her.
77, 78 should be ok if it is not terribly hot.
Are you marking all this stuff down?
After an hour check her again. If she remains at 103, take your note pad, and call the vet. Explain EXACTLY the condition of your bitch, is she lethargic, is she ignoring the pups -- emergency. Is she being a good mom, and eating and drinking, probably ok.
Are you giving her anything with Calcium in it, cheese, ice cream, yogurt? She can be low. Usually a problem with low calcium happens when the pups are a couple of weeks old and are eating strong. If you supplemented calcium before whelping, then the glands that process it will not be working as hard, then when they are needed, everyone looks like they are doing really well, and we start backing off all the perks and relying more on dog food, suddenly the bitch is low on calcium and gets eclampsia. But it can happen earlier I suppose.
Also if you are seeing a lot of discharge, the vet may want to give her some Vitamin K. This helps clotting. I don't know. I am not a vet, but I have been through a few whelpings and I have found that 103 in and of itself is not an emergency. 104 in my opinion is, getting her cooled/wetted down and then to the vet is the priority in that order.
If you cannot reduce her temperature with a fan within an hour, then call your vet and tell them what you have done, time frame, condition, puppies gaining and how much. Then follow whatever they tell you.
Stress, fatigue, and a major ordeal, and a lot of work, your bitch needs for you to be calm and confident right now.
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